Saturday, January 24, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In honor of CHA's "It's Easy Being Green" theme, here's a desk calendar I created with leftover plastic packaging.

Removed for publication.

Alright! I've already had the "how'd you do that?" question (which I love!) on this porject, so I thoguht I would update this post to include the instructions for making this!

Gather your materials. You will need the following items to complete this project.

12 inch Rotary Trimmer
Zutter Bind It All
Zutter Wire Cutters
12 inch ruler
Sizzix with Flower Dies
Paper Piercer
Paper Distress Tool
Prima Build A Swirl Stamp

One Zutter 12 inch 3/4 inch diameter O-Wire(or three six loop sections): Silver
Prima Regal Sunset Card stock
Prima flowers, burlap and cardboard from Donna Salazar's Down Home Collection
Ranger Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, SnowCap, Vintage Photo
Staz On: Azure
White Card stock
Making Memories Brads

Before starting, remember: Measure twice, cut once.

Use an empty plastic flat package to cut out three (3) 6 x 4 inch clear acrylic pieces. Center two of the pieces in the BIA and punch six holes. Bend third piece in half, center and punch six holes.

Cut six 3 ½ x 4 inch pieces of patterned card stock Use scissors to scallop the bottom. Find an on line free calendar for 2009 and print it on white card stock Mine fit on one 8.8 x 11 inch piece. Then cut out the individual months into 2 x 2 ½ inch pieces, and distress the edges with distress tool and ink.
Glue each month to the center of card stock ½ up from the peak in the scallop at the bottom. Glue two months per piece of card stock (i.e. January/February; March/April; May/June; July/August, etc).

Place the six pages into the BIA with the earliest month on each piece facing the turning knob on the BIA. Only slide the pages in far enough to punch four holes on the extreme side.

Assemble calendar with the card stock pages on one side with the punch holes toward the center of the 4 x 6 inch acrylic. Bind to side pages together at the top and bind each side page to the folded middle page at the bottom.

Peel surface of cardboard off of Prima 4 x 6 frame, buttons, and hearts. Paint both sides with crackle paint. Cut frame in half. Attach each half to inside of each acrylic side with Aleene's Paper Glaze. Cut flower shapes from burlap & paint with Glimmer Mist. Embellish sides of acrylic with these plus Prima flowers, burlap, textiles and ribbon, and MM brads.

Now give away or enjoy!


Rockin' Rena said...

Crazy Wonderful!
I cannot wait to see what you've got planned for the classes you're teaching at Rockin' R!!

Pam said...

How cute! How did you do that??

Gine !!! said...

This is so awesome

Sheila said...

So fantastic, Vicki, thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

This is fantastic Vicki!! You amaze me with your talent and originality!! you so ROCK!!